Group of students conversingMethamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive, central nervous system stimulant. Methamphetamine use disorder is a chronic, complex brain disease affecting the well-being of the entire family. Recovery from methamphetamine use disorder is possible with timely access to proper, family-centered treatment.

Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program: Implementation Progress and Performance Measurement Report

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This final report incorporates lessons learned from the SAMHSA-funded grant program that provided funding over a four-year period to 12 Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDC) to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes of children, who are in, or at-risk of out-of-home placement as a result of a parental methamphetamine or other substance abuse. This report includes lessons learned based on an integration of qualitative and quantitative findings, a summary of project design and implementation, and individual grantee performance organized by program priorities.

Key Resources

Research Report Series: MethamphetamineResearch Report Series: Methamphetamine (PDF 2MB) is a 2013 National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) publication that provides an overview of methamphetamine use, effects, risks and treatment effectiveness.

Methamphetamine Addiction, Treatment, and Outcomes: Implications for Child Welfare WorkersMethamphetamine Addiction, Treatment, and Outcomes: Implications for Child Welfare Workers (PDF 398KB), a 2006 draft paper prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides child welfare professionals an overview of methamphetamine use disorders within the family system.

Methamphetamine: The National Summit to Promote Public Health, Partnerships, and Safety for Critically Affected PopulationsMethamphetamine: The National Summit to Promote Public Health, Partnerships, and Safety for Critically Affected Populations (PDF 1.9KB), published in 2011 by SAMHSA, summarizes National Summit to Promote Public Health, Partnerships, and Safety for Critically Affected Populations (The Summit). This national meeting, held in 2008, focused on methamphetamine impacts among individuals in the criminal justice systems, women and other vulnerable populations. Discussions concentrated on data collection, cultural competency, access to care and best practices.

Meth360® Information KitMeth360® Information Kit (PDF 300KB) provides six fact sheets about methamphetamine from the that discuss basic meth facts, effects of methamphetamine on users and communities, intervention and treatment and family and community prevention strategies.

Parental Substance Use and Foster Care: Evidence from Two Methamphetamine Supply ShocksParental Substance Use and Foster Care: Evidence from Two Methamphetamine Supply Shocks (PDF 3MB) is a working paper presented by Tulane University in 2010 describing the role of methamphetamine use in the increase in child welfare cases, child abuse and neglect and parental incarceration in the United States and policy recommendations; substitute substance abuse treatment for incarceration in response to parental methamphetamine use and create child welfare policies specifically for children who have methamphetamine-using parents.

The Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program: Enhancing Collaboration, Promising ResultsThe Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program: Enhancing Collaboration, Promising Results (PDF 465KB) is a peer-reviewed journal article published in 2012 outlining the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program grantees’ progress toward establishing or enhancing collaborative infrastructure to better meet the needs for families involved with methamphetamine use disorders or other substance use disorders and the child welfare system.

Three-Year Methamphetamine Grant Coming to a Close: Northern Counties Share Lessons LearnedThree-Year Methamphetamine Grant Coming to a Close: Northern Counties Share Lessons Learned (PDF 2MB) is a 2010 newsletter article describing the impact of methamphetamine use disorders on children and an example of a Northern California county’s response.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeMethamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive Age is a 2011 document, reaffirmed in 2013, published by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women outlining methamphetamine use and its effects during pregnancy.

Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS)Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) (PDF 81KB) provides a fact sheet describing the effects of methamphetamine use during pregnancy.

Matrix ModelMatrix Model is an evidence-based methamphetamine use disorder intervention explanation summarized by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

The Addiction Recovery GuideThe Addiction Recovery Guide gives an overview of the emerging efficacy of medication use to treat methamphetamine use disorders.

Intervention Strengthens American Indian Teen Mothers’ ParentingIntervention Strengthens American Indian Teen Mothers’ Parenting is a 2014 article published by NIDA describing the efficacy of the Family Spirit home visiting program for tribal adolescent mothers with histories of methamphetamine or other substance use disorders.


Methamphetamine Literature Review – Provides a list of peer-reviewed research citations about methamphetamine, separated into sections by specific topical areas; prenatal methamphetamine exposure, children and family affected by methamphetamine use, prevalence, intervention and treatment, criminal justice and legislation, tribal populations and methamphetamine issues and military and veteran families and children impacted by methamphetamine.

Resource Websites

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports, conducts and disseminates research activities to improve prevention, treatment and policy decisions relating to drug abuse and addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs.

NIDA for Teens presents science-based information on drug abuse to adolescents, their parents and teachers. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns about methamphetamine and other drugs.

Methamphetamine was created by the Utah Department of Health to help answer general questions about methamphetamine and provide other informative resources. The link above directs the visitor to specific health concerns for methamphetamine affected children.

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) works with the departments of psychiatry, biobehavioral science and medicine to improve effective treatment, service delivery and positive outcomes for women and children involved in treatment, child welfare and criminal justice systems. provides relevant and timely information and tools to help prevent and reduce the use of methamphetamine. This website is managed by Strategic Applications International whose team of consultants has a history and background in drug abuse prevention, law enforcement and treatment.

National Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative, established in 2006, is a collaborative working group representing tribal governments, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. The working group meets monthly to discuss relevant changes in federal drug policy, programmatic updates, new outreach methods, common obstacles and goals and other pressing questions facing the tribal population.

Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) is a national pilot demonstration project focused on addressing two of the most pressing public health concerns in American Indian and Alaska Native communities; methamphetamine use and suicide. As part of the MSPI, the Indian Health Service is funding 125 Federal, Tribal and urban programs developing innovative and promising approaches to reduce the methamphetamine and suicide crisis in Indian Country today.

The Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program of the national nonprofit organization The Partnership at aimed at reducing methamphetamine use through research-based marketing campaign, public policy, community action outreach programs and an school-based educational programs.

Medline Plus provides a methamphetamine information database provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Recovery Connection provides an overview of substance use disorders (SUDs), specific drug statistics and effects and treatment options for individual states and specific populations. describes methamphetamine use disorders and offers treatment and long-term recovery guidance.

Women, Children, & Families: A SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Exchange Special Topic offers behavioral health and recovery resources pertinent to women and their families.

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